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Foul Play

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  6,105 Ratings  ·  506 Reviews
When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity.

Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innoc
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 1989)
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I read this one in one night. Cute story, but there isn't much to it. A little romance, a little humor, and a little adventure makes for a good night's entertainment.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 27, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed reading "Foul Play" by Janet Evanovich. This is one of her very early books written for a serial romance publisher in the late 80s/early 90s, and it's very well done for what it is. Evanovich describes these early books as "red-hot screwball comedies" and while I do agree with the screwball comedy, "Foul Play" was very much G-rated. So if you enjoy a very light romance with side-splitting laughter, this is definitely a book for you.
Nov 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard Janet Evanovich fans.
Light, fluffy and fun. It was fun to read this in part because it is early Evanovich - so it was rougher than her Plum books are - but her humor and motifs are still there.

I did have a hard time with some of the stuff in this book. The leading man is Jacob Elliott. He is in the parking lot at the grocery store waiting patiently for Mrs. Moyer and her dog to back out of a parking spot so he can pull in. (He knows it's Mrs. Moyer because he is the town Vet - and he recognizes her dog.) But! Befor
Just a light, silly romance, but that's all it was meant to be. If you want a few chuckles, go for it.
Jul 02, 2015 Trisia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really a half star would be more suited. The narrator on audio was horrible. Voice like Maude on Golden Girls. Cheesy doesn't even come close to an accurate description...Story was just ridiculous. Why someone as talented as Ms. Evanovich would attach her name to this book is beyond me. I would have quit listening, but needed noise in the car.
May 31, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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As I have previously mentioned, I love Janet Evanovich. But her early works are really fluffy and just okay. The premise of the book is a young woman named Amy gets fired from her job as Lulu the Clown because the new program director replaces her with a rooster. In her dismay, she catches the eye of a hunky veterinarian and they fall in love within a matter of minutes. Did I mention that she is a 26-year-old virgin? The job-stealing rooster winds up at veterinarian-man's place of work and soon ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was so cute! Funny romance.
Jan 01, 2017 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foul Play is admittedly a quick read, but it does have a playful storyline and clear evidence of being the early work of Janet Evanovich. I could easily see Amy as being related to Stephanie. A seeming trademark of Evanovich books is that the female protagonist usually starts life over somehow, and Amy's situation in the beginning of the story is no exception. It is a bit alluring to watch her find herself while she also figures out her job predicament. Nice rainy day entertainment.
Actually 3.5 stars.

This is a wacky, irreverent, and often laugh-out-loud funny book. It's a quick read, perfect for when you need a mood-booster. The romance between Jake and Amy is sweet, and the "mystery" plot, if it can even be called that, is highly entertaining. Very enjoyable, as long as you don't take it too seriously.
Aug 01, 2016 Aleshia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other, 2016
Didnt love it didn't hate it
Jan 10, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny, quick typlical Evanovich read. I enjoyed it, had some laughs, but not much else was gleaned from this one. But if you enjoy Janet Evanovich, I'm sure you will enjoy this one!
Tonya Lucas
Aug 03, 2013 Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and witty light hearted romantic mystery! When life is so full of tension and turmoil, this is the kind of book to escape into. Enjoy!
Aug 26, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ariel would love this
Jun 25, 2017 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Klasse just lost her job as the clown host of a children’s program—to a chicken! She is livid. She didn’t even get a last program to say farewell to her fans. Veterinarian Jacob Elliott sees her in all her fury in the parking lot of the local market, is fascinated, and follows her into the store. From dropped fruit to shattered eggs, Amy’s tour through the store is a disaster culminating in her embarrassment at the checkout when she realizes she doesn’t have her handbag which is locked, alon ...more
Jul 24, 2017 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny, sometimes almost absurd screwball comedy reminiscent of Grant and Hepburn's Bringing Up Baby film. Once the mystery was solved, though, the plot fell off and Amy didn't do enough to win her own happy ending.
Tori Pauling
I read an updated version by Janet Evanovich, and it was meh. Short and easy read, but definitely skipped some parts.
Jun 15, 2017 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. Liked how it flipped between man/woman point of view.
Several editing errors.
May 10, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun love story. Good one to read after something heavy and serious
Jul 01, 2009 JBradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I missed this one somewhere along the way, as i read it weeks ago but just came across it while trying to clean up my desk in order to find something else. I am very fond of Janet Evanovich's books, as I have previously mentioned, and this was a delightful find. This was one of 12 novels that Evanovich wrote before she discovered Stephanie Plum and became famous. It is a pure romance (maybe the word "pure" is inappropriate here) and full of the whimsical fun that makes Evanovich great. I am a su ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Dyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last book I read was complex and dense. So this time around I wanted a light quick read. Well, this book (my 1st Janet Evanovich) was so light and fluffy that it practically floated off when I set the book down!

Amy Klasse is Lulu the Clown on a local TV station and has just lost her job to a dancing chicken (and it's "hot" trainer). The rooster can cluck "The Star-Spangled Banner" and count with its toes. Hopping mad, Amy stops at a grocery store on her way home where Jake Elliott, a veterin
NOTE: I find that the goodreads' two star equation to "it was okay" is a bit deceptive because 2/5 seems too low to be calling something "ok" (in what world is 40% okay - by all other measures, that's a "failing" grade). 3/5 would be more accurate in my opinion, but because of goodreads' rating system, we're stuck at 2.

I read this in about three hours, and while it was nice to read something by Evanovich (Steffie Hall is a pseudonym) other than the Stephanie Plum series, this definitely isn't t
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Ho un debole (un GROSSO debole!) per la serie di Stephanie Plum; amo lei, amo Joe Morelli, amo nonna Mazur e Lula e soprattutto le situazioni improbabili e l'ironia killer che la Evanovich è riuscita a creare..
Non so se avete mai avuto quel sentimento contrastante che vi porta a voler leggere TUTTO ciò che uno scrittore ha prodotto e contemporaneamente avete un po' paura di beccare il romanzo che porterà il disamore..
Ecco, tro un po' titubante a lanciarmi sui primi lidi creati dall'autrice, sop
Colleen Scidmore
This book is a corny love story where Jake sees Amy at the supermarket after she pretty much has every accident that is possible, and instantly falls in love with the damsel in distress. Jake offers Amy a job as his receptionist at his vet clinic so he can be 1) closer to her and 2) also because she had just lost her job as Lulu the clown on a children's show to a dancing ROOSTER named Red.
While Amy is working at the clinic Veronica Bottles, the ditzy but curvaceous rooster trainer, brings a ve
Barbara M
I read this one thinking it would be my "Thanksgiving" book for November. It was tagged that way but this has nothing to do with Thanksgiving but a lot to do with a rooster rather than a turkey. Bad tagging but fun little book. It was a quick read, one of Janet Evanovich's early works under the pseudonym Steffie Hall, probably when she was writing for Loveswept.

I looked up Evanovich on Wikipedia to find out who Steffie Hall wrote for and learned some interesting things about Evanovich's early w
Nov 04, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love at first site, in a grocery store parking lot? Jacob Elliott was pretty sure he was hooked after the first site of Amy Klasse in all her klutzy ways like tearing her dress, dropping the eggs, forgetting her purse and locking her keys in her car. The store cashiers and customers all agreed that the local veterinarian was the type that any women would love to make dinner for, but Amy didn’t know if she could trust herself, he made her ‘tingle’ just being so close. What a day, she had lost her ...more
C.C. Thomas
I chose this book because it was written by Janet Evanovitch and I love her Stephanie Plum series. This, folks, ain't no Plum! This was an early Evanovitch and it clearly shows (I believe it was originally written under another name). The book doesn't have the hallmarks of her masterful writing skill, but it was still a fun read. I found it inspiring, as an author, that great writers can show such growth and not come out of the womb a master author!

The plot is rather convoluted: Amy loves her j
Apr 01, 2013 Jteare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foul Play by Janet Evanovich is a corky, bubblegum read, romance novel. And I loved it!

I personally listened to this specific book using my iPhone, while driving to and from Tuscaloosa. This is a fluff read. Not deep, but entertaining. This is a perfect read for a pool day, airplane flight, or as I did it as a book on tape for car ride. Wildly entertaining, with an absurd plot line I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The story opens by introducing you to the two main characters Amy Klasse and Jake El
May 25, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story is so light I'd better write this quickly before I forget what it was about. Evanovich's sense of humor does shine through those otherwise incredibly weak story. Amy Klasse is Lulu the Clown on the local TV station. Or she was until the station manager decided to replace her with a dancing chicken. While venting her frustration by just about destroying the local supermarket, Amy catches the eye of local veterinarian Jacob Elliot who is instantly smitten. He immediately picks up Amy an ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Ferne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is a note that this book was originally published as a "Second Chance at Love" paperback in 1989, in a slightly altered form, by the Berkley Publishing Group under the pseudonym Steffie Hall. I did not realize that Janet Evanovich was one of the authors that published her work using a pseudonym. The new title and 'cover art' capture the story with the humor and lightheartedness that one can always expect from one of the author's novels.
Or, as per one of her quotes, "Romance novels are birt
Heather in FL
This was cutesy, and I liked it, but some things just drove me nuts. I'd say it was the age in which it was written, but 1989 isn't THAT long ago. My issues were with how Amy wanted to cook for Jake, wash his clothes, her fantasies were so 50s-woman that it just drove me nuts. I'm also not sure why in this and Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich, the women were virgins, and it was very important for them to give it up to someone they really cared about, but sheesh... in both they barely knew the men they gave it up to. I dunno. ...more
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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